Beckham scores in Spanish league debut

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

David Beckham took just two minutes to score a goal in his Spanish league debut as Real Madrid kicked off its title defense with a 2-1 win over Real Betis.

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David Beckham took just two minutes to score a goal in his Spanish league debut as Real Madrid kicked off its title defense with a hard-earned 2-1 win over Real Betis in the opening league match of the season. Beckham clipped home a low cross from Brazilian ace Ronaldo from close range to net his second goal in three days yesterday and continue a fine start to his Madrid career. On Wednesday, the star midfielder headed home in Madrid's 3-0 Spanish Supercup win over Mallorca on his first appearance for the Spanish powerhouse at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Then, too, the pass came from Ronaldo. "It's probably the quickest goal I've ever scored," Beckham said. "So it's nice to do it here and on the first day of the season. Hopefully, Ronaldo will keep doing it for me and I'll keep doing it for him." Ronaldo netted Madrid's game-winning goal in the 61st minute from a move begun by Beckham after Betis had drawn level through international defender Juanito Gutierrez during the first half. Despite the boost of Beckham's third goal in his eight games for his new club, Madrid gave an uneven display as it successfully began its campaign to lift the title for a record 30th time. (AP)

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